New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPANew Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA
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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPANew Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.07%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Fermentation character from Belgian-born yeast, envelops bright hop character with a spicy, tart Farhouse funk. Original Gravity: 12.2 ºP, ABV: 5.07%, IBU: 53 "

Added by PhineasGage on 05-28-2011

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Photo of wchollif
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, thanks to wino47 for this. It pours with two fingers of tiny bubbles, a hazy orange color. Smells great, nice funk and hops. Grassy on the nose with lemon and orange. The flavor is funky with spicy notes. Clove and lemon again, nice bittering hops. Dinged this a bit for the finish, almost watery. Nice carbonation helps with the mouthfeel and drink ability. Good New Holland beer, solid Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque bright copper to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a near two finger, frothy, long lasting white head leaving a blanket of sticky lace to the rim after each sip.

nice aroma of belgian yeast and citrus hops. very pleasant.

citrus hops forward, belgian yeast also present, much less farmhouse funk than the glass i had on tap a few days ago. lemon rind, nice malt backbone.

creamy smooth, medium bodied, big carbonation, very subtle bitter and even subtler farmhouse funk.

overall - very enjoyable on a hot summer day liek today.

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Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a huge, dense white head that lasts forever. Leaves beautiful Brussels lace.

Smell - Spicy and aromatic Belgian yeast slightly overshadows the hops. Subtle aromas of banana and bubblegum; stronger notes of cloves and mint, with a touch of resinous citrus peel hops and just the faintest hint of caramel.

Taste - Echoes the aroma to some degree; definitely lots of spicy clove and lemon peel, ripe fruit, exotic yeast, and a dry mineral finish.

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Photo of fsvan
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Thanks to titosupertramp for grabbing this one for me.

A- Nice golden color. 2 fingers of stick white head. Well carbonated. The glass is etched int he bottom, but well carbonated regardless of that.

S- Interesting smelling beer, for sure. Belgian yeast dominate, lending some spiciness. Some hops in there, but neither outwardly piney or citrus-y. Not a bad smelling beer, but not one I can't put down, either.

T- First a bit of citrus-y hops, followed by the Belgian yeast, finishing with a bit of a medicinal taste to it.

M- Big tingle on the tip of the tongue. Medium bodied.

O- I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs. I tried to adjust my scores accordingly, taking into account the style, but I am just not a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves two inches of head throughout drinking it. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, light fruit, light funk/earthy notes, and very light mint. Very earthy and yeasty, pretty nice. Reminds me of a saison. I just wish the Funk was more in this beer the Spices kind of overpowered it.

T - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, mint, cloves, pepper, eathy notes, and floral hops. Heavy on the pepper and spices. Again on the taste side the Spices where really strong and kind of overpowered the beer.

M - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated.

O- Overall a nice Belgian style beer. Taste was a bit too heavy on the spices and pepper for me, and it was a little too carbonated, but it was pretty enjoyable for the price but I probably wouldn't seek this beer out again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a couple years ago in the brewpub on tap. Liked it then. Let's see the bottled version.

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a big, two fingered light tan head that stands up rather well. Leaves some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus hops, a little farmhouse funk, and that characteristic spicy, peppery saison yeast. In the back there somewhere, is a little caramel malt.

Flavors of citric peel hop bitterness, peppery yeast, and a touch of caramel malt. The finish is long, bitter and peppery, with some funk thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a puckering, astringent (in a good way) bitterness.

Overall, an excellent brew. My favorite of the Hatter series to date. A very good, hoppy saison.

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Photo of msnow34
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Pours a perfect hazy orange into a pint glass with a huge head. Smells like all hops and belgian yeast, wish i had a better sense of smell as this one is phenomenal to me. Tastes exactly as descriped a cross between a saison and an ipa. Certain sips the hops are present and on others the yeast. It is however a little dry for my liking. Very glad to try this different style, I wished i had another one as it was very sessionable. I would have poured it immediatly

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange in color. Two fingers of a slightly off-white head..foamy. Thick, foamy film with splotchy, cake like lacing.

S: Funky, Belgian yeast. Lemony, citrus hops, toasted malts.

T: Same as the nose really. Citrus hops seem to come out a little more in the taste. Peppery spice, toasted malts, lemon flavor, earth and the funky Belgian flavors round it out. This isn't bad, but doesn't do much for me to be honest.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Leaves behind a slight tingling sensation and a little burn. Dry finish.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but I probably won't drink the second one that I bought. Think it would be a nice gift for someone looking to try something different.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Long lasting thick layers of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is like most of the other Hatter's that night and the base Hatter beer really came through more so. Some light citrus hops/floral hops in the front of the nose mixes along with caramel malts. There is a clean Belgian yeast aroma in the backend with hints of barnyard funk. The alcohol brings this all up in the ending being the beer full circle.

T- The front of the profile shows off a nice floral hops that mixed with hints of pepper and light spicey hops. Caramel malt base shines right under this letting me know that it is not going to get too crazy. Middle brings out a little clove flavor which I would assume is from the yeast. Ending once again shows a little spicey hop that mixes along with caramel malt base and hints of barnyard funk that never gets to grow. Alcohol has a nice crisp bite to it and lets the flavor dominate over it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little light for the beer I thought. Light funk along with hints of caramel malts and bitter hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste has alcohol heat that mixes along with light funk, clove, and bittering hops. Flavors were a little more balanced than most of the other Hatters. No off flavors were present when drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was one of my two favorites from the Hatter Series. It had a little more balls flavor wise but still fell a little short for me to really enjoy this one for another pint. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Hatter pours a lovely tangerine hued amber color with a nice frothy head that is beige in color. The head has wonderful retention and lacing. It fittingly looks like a head that is part IPA and part Belgian ale.

The aroma is predominantly hoppy with plenty of juicy citrus notes such as grapefruit and mandarin orange. I also pick up some pineapple and a bit of pine that mingle in with just a rumor of spicy yeast esters. All of this is supplemented with a nice biscuity malt character.

Wow, the flavor is so different from the aroma that I am a bit flabbergasted. The Belgian yeast comes through way more, adding plenty of funky spice and a slight tartness to the flavor. The hops seem slightly more restrained and way more bitter. White grapefruit takes the place of the ruby red that I smelled in the aroma. The blend of citrus hops and yeast definitely give this beer a sour citrus sort of vibe. The malt is pretty much overshadowed and just adds a sweetness that is balanced out by the tart and bitter. As the beer warms some nice apricot and peach flavors start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium with a fairly lively amount of carbonation. This beer is exciting on the palate with the bitterness, tartness and carbonation getting jiggy on the dance floor that is my tongue.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable brew. I have to say that before I took a sip I was thinking it would be good, but boring. After tasting it though, I have to say that this is a really interesting beer that has some nice flavors. Not the best Belgian style IPA by a long shot, but certainly a fun beer to drink. I would definitely recommend people give this a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing orange into a tulip glass, billowing head with sticking crown of lacing all around.

Lightly sweet and peachy, earthy hops in here, plenty of wet hay and Belgian yeast aromas. Dry with some complexity, fruity, vegetal hops, fairly authentic from the nose.

Mildly sweet and malty, earthy hop spice, wet hay, finishing dry and mellow. Dried apricot, basil, multigrain bread. Feel is spritzy at first, then dry. Mellow carbonation, this is the end of the bottle after all. Pleasant and true to style, a better attempt at a Belgian Saison from an American brewer.

Thanks Justin for sharing this one!

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Photo of ahq514
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a huge, frothy, white head that took forever to dissipate. Color is a murky amber with an orange tint.

Smells like ripe citrus fruit, both lemons and oranges. It also has some earthy, grassy aromas with some subtle hints of pepper.

Taste is kind of a let down compared to the aroma. The citrus is not near as big as I would have expected or liked from the smell, although it is there in the background. Hop presence is definite though, as there is a nice, bitter hop bite as it goes down. There is also a nice presence of spicy belgian yeast. I'm not getting much a tart finish that the back of the bottle suggests, but maybe thats because I've been drinking some berliner weissbiers and lambics lately.

Carbonation seems to be just right for the style. Seems to be at a higher end of the medium bodied range. Hop taste sticks in your mouth afterwards for awhile.

Would drink this beer again as it was very drinkable. Only thing I would change is to have the citrus presence in the aroma match the flavor profile.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with two fingers of solid head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Interesting aroma. The Belgian yeast did their job with this beer. Hints of spearmint, cloves, cinnamon, and pine.

It did not take me long to identify what this tastes like. It tastes like Skoal Longcut Wintergreen chewing tobacco. Definate mint and tobacco flavors with a little citrus in the finish. Bitterness is higher than almost any other Belgian IPA. Not much sweetness to be found.

Body is robust and nicely carbonated.

Thouroghly Belgian in influence. I did not know what to expect with this beer and was pleasantly impressed.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with a thick, rocky head and excellent retention and lacing. Good looking IPA with Belgianesque head and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit hops along with some spicy yeasty phenolics, although these aren't really strong.

Taste: Surprisingly bland compared to the smell. There's a good amount of hops bitterness, but the hops flavor isn't very bright. A nice Belgian yeast spiciness and some light fruity esters. Thin flavor through the middle and finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately. Soft and slightly creamy.

Overall: Its a decent beer, but not as good as many others of this style. Sort of boring, too bitter (too much unopposed bitterness), and not enough Belgian flavor or hops flavor.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a narrow tulip. Hazy gold with a pleasingly long-lasting head and loads of lacing beginning all the way at the top of the glass.

Belgian aromas take a backseat- way in the back- to what appears to be plentiful American dry-hopping. Not terribly bitter, but the hops are well showcased by a very dry finish. A bit peppery, a bit spicy, a bit clovey, plenty hoppy. Funkiness more pronounced in the flavor than the nose. A bit more carbonation would take that finish to a whole nother puckering level. Paired nicely with some mussels frites.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden orange with a big fizzy foamy white 2+ finger head - decent retention left some spotted lacing

smells citrus hops and earthy musty fruity yeast

taste is pretty good - the hops give it a little too much tang while the belgian yeast gives you the earthy spicey clove flavors you expect

mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation - very dry

overall - this beer hit the spot - belgian ipa's are not done by the masses of craft breweries yet like how American Black Ales have taken off - not quite as good FD Raging Bitch or CC Dubbel Cannon but still very enjoyable and a solid offering

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy bright orange color and a gigantic head from an average pour. There was a ton of carbonation during the pour.

Smell is a spice and cloves, sour apple, and grapefruit.

The flavor leads with a lot of wheat and peppery spice. The finish is crisp green apple with light tartness. The hops are subdued, but do show up as citrus and add a moderate bitterness to it. The flavor is a little light.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Well carbonated and crisp.

Overall, a good beer and a nice combination of styles. My only knock on it is that the flavor is on the light side. I understand that's where they were trying to go with this one, but I think they could have took it up a notch and still kept it light and crisp in body.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a few days ago at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves two inches of head throughout drinking it. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, light fruit, light funk/earthy notes, and very light mint. Very earthy and yeasty, pretty nice. Reminds me of a saison.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, mint, cloves, pepper, eathy notes, and floral hops. Heavy on the pepper and spices; a bit of a step down from the nose for me, but still good. Again, reminds me of a saison.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style beer. Taste was a bit too heavy on the spices and pepper for me, and it was a little too carbonated, but it was pretty enjoyable. Would give another shot and looking forward to trying the other Hatters.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle.

Copperish, hazy golden color. Rich yeast and pine hop aroma. Thick and creamy head. Nice carbonation. Mild citrus/ fruity taste. Nice hit of hoppy bitterness which quickly leaves and leave the base flavor of the beer behind with a light tartness similar to a Saison. Great beer for all types of heads, during any season.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A - A golden orange and clear body with some amber/crimson hues. The head started large and bubbly with a white color but it died to a medium sized ring and left a decent lace.

S - Grassy hop with an herbal back end and just a slight fruity sweetness. There is just a slight funky yeast smell in the back.

T & M & D - Very herbal front end of this beer. Then it thins out and opens itself to some fruity sweetness. This is where the funky comes in with some sour yeasty notes all over the back. A thin mouthfeel with a slightly metalic back end, but it is light and crisp.

O - An interesting beer. The sour funk is not as pronounced as I wanted but the belgium IPA is a decent compliment. I applaud the effort.


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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: The funk definitely overwhelms the smell with this beer, but there are also traces of hops and malt.

T: Tasted of mild hops, a little citrus, malt, yeast, and that inescapable funk. This latter element is a new thing to me, at least in terms of this style, but it's an interesting addition. Kind of plays like a saison crossed with a Belgian IPA.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an odd type of beer that won't appeal to everyone, but is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of b3shine
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deuce to pint. The appearance is the best thing about this beer. I was eager to try it, as I like both saisons and IPAs, but the combination is worse than its separate parts. I am giving 3.0s for the rest of the categories. And while there's nothing average about this beer, when you put it all together, it's an average brew - at best.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz., foil-capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A moderate pour, careful to save the sediment, created a 1-1/2 to 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a clean, deep golden-orange with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head settled to a fully covering foam that left great, sticky rings and webbing about the glass. Really a beautiful beer.

S- It's a nice mix. Earthy and grassy hops combine with sugary sweet malts and a mild funk. It almost seems a "standard" IPA (good, but not suggesting the hybrid style). Warmth brings out more of the Belgian qualities, especially a spicy/herbal aroma.

T- A LOT more funk than the aroma initially suggests. Puckering sour overwhelms at first sip. It's not bad, just unexpected considering the scent. Another sip and I appreciate the sour and pick up a grainy backbone that's balanced by a grassy, near minty, hop flavor Much more balanced than the first sip suggests. A lemony finish dries and cleans up the flavor. Peripheral notes of apple skin and black pepper. Spice is kicked up a notch with warmth.

M- Near bone dry. Heavy carbonation creates a foamy effect. Significant body keeps it from getting too "pop-like." Pretty gentle without any trace of ABV.

O- It's a really nice beer and reasonably priced. No problem finishing the bomber. Unexpectedly Belgian flavor when compared with the initial aroma. I'd buy it again. Very competitive with my previous experiences in the style.

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Photo of manbrognig74
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy Copper off-white head
S- Initial smell is citrus with the belgian style smell coming up strong with it all with definitive pine notes. Very fresh smell, reminds me of a perfect spring day for some reason
T- Very well balanced. The belgian style added to this helps mellow the hops just a bit but still allowing them to give you a good kick. The pine notes come in strong along with bits of citrus as well. Like I said makes for a great play on the original hatter.
M- A little carbonated feeling on the tongue. To me it feels as though I am drinking a seltzer water. It's not really a bad carbonation though as this beers complexities really keep it together quite well.

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Photo of rustrose
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep copper in my Gulden Draak tulip, hazed with hops, showcasing a very nice sticky off-white head. Starts around two fingers, lasts pretty well. Leaves enchanting layers of lace all the way down the glass.

Pine hops meld beautifully with peppery tones from the saison yeast, along with a bunch of citrus zest that I can’t pin down to either yeast or hops. Very lemon zesty. Some earthy notes. I love the way the pine notes smoothly transition right into the Belgian spice. This one smells hoppy and spicy in a good way, a very natural and elegant harmony—quite a contrast from the juxtaposition created by Stone, which feels like two elements at war. Saison yeast was a really great choice for this beer.

Wow. Super dry. Extremely lemon forward. Tons of lemon zest, along with grapefruit and some pine. Hops seem really well balanced. There’s definitely a firm bitterness, but it rises as a gentle swell and never gets too obtrusive. This tastes like a saison that got hoppier. Malt fights hard to keep up here, only managing to get in a very brief suggestion of lightly sweet dough that is quickly followed by a gentle saltine crackery finish. Despite the subservience of the malts, the hops never seem to lurch out of balance. This is clearly a hoppy beer, (though not as much as a regular hatter), but it seems to hold true to a Belgian identity, with poise and balance and strong drinkability.

Some may complain that this is not in-your-face hoppy enough. I think in this case, unlike other Belgian IPAs that seem interesting as a novelty but fail to improve upon the standard IPA recipe, I actually like this better than regular Hatter—seems more balanced, more inviting—all around a more elegant and refined drink, that keeps inviting you back for more. Definitely drinks more like a hoppy saison than an IPA. And in my personal opinion, if you want to have a good Belgian IPA, the Belgian part has to take the lead, with the hops enhancing the character. Otherwise it becomes a struggle for control, as in the Stone Cali-Belgique. In this beer, the elements are not in competition. They perfectly complement each other.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, reflecting a Belgian approach. The body is medium. However, with some time, this becomes soft, fluffy, and fairly light.

Drinkability is really good—I polished off a bomber in no time. Also, it’s really nice to see a beer that accomplishes great flavor with less than 6% ABV, bucking the general trend both in IPAs and Belgians towards high gravity. This packs in a lot of character without sending you straight to the couch to crash.

Cheers to another great beer from my alma mater! In my opinion, this one really shows the potential breadth of the emergent Belgian IPA style, by introducing a saison yeast to the dance. Most Belgian IPAs have focused on tripels or golden strongs as the launching point, but this shows how beautifully the lemon and pepper zest of saison yeast can blend with the right varieties of hops. It just fits perfectly. Bravo! This is not just a novelty; it’s a beer you could drink all night.

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 302 ratings